Deputy Media Secretary of finance ministry rejects reports claiming that tax on electricity bills was removed with strong protest from traders.
On Twitter, the Ministry of Finance tweeted: “News that the government has taken back a decision on taxes in electricity bills is untrue. There’s no authenticity to this news and no decision has been made yet by the government.”
Talks on electricity bills tax issue
A recent report is circulating across media channels hinting that the government has taken back the decision to tax power bills. However, there is no authenticity in the news and the government hasn’t made a final decision yet. Talks are underway with energy dealers to determine the taxation measures.
The price for electricity is becoming more and more expensive. Protestors oppose this by advocating for lower prices to begin with, using the protests in Karachi as a medium.
Locals protested the 6,000 rupees in taxes per month from sales of power to retailers.
The Karachi traders said that the consumers already have to pay income taxes, fuel adjustment and additional tax in their electricity bills. It will be unfair if they are also charged with having to voluntarily pay the sales tax.